Phoenix Suns Player News: All Positions

News: Saric had 20 points (7-11 FG, 2-6 3PT, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes during Monday's 125-109 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Saric was dealing with a back injury, but that problem didn't stop him from reaching the 20-point mark for the second time this season. He might be the third-best or fourth-best scoring option on a surprisingly deep Suns team, but he does enough to remain fantasy relevant as a solid contributor across the board.
News: Booker had 26 points (11-20 FG, 3-7 3PT, 1-2 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and one block in 36 minutes during Monday's 125-109 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Booker has dished out at least five assists in all but twice of his last 16 appearances, and it's clear he is taking more and more playmaking responsibilities this season. That should only boost his fantasy value since he is already scoring 25.2 points while shooting 50.4 percent from the field over that 16-game span. Expect him to extend that strong run of play Wednesday at home against the Grizzlies.
News: Oubre Jr. had 24 points (8-15 FG, 2-6 3PT, 6-6 FT), four rebounds and one block in 33 minutes during Monday's 125-109 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Oubre Jr. has topped the 20-point mark in three of his last six outings and while he has shown a tendency to disappear offensively from time to time, he should be trusted as the Suns' second scoring option behind Devin Booker. He has struggled with his efficiency, however, as he is making just 41.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and 30.6 percent of his long-range shots over that six-game span. He will try to rectify those numbers Wednesday at home against Memphis.
News: Johnson had 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-6 3PT), five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Monday's 125-109 win over Minnesota.
Impact: Johnson continues to come off the bench for the Suns, but he has seen a marked increase on his playing time -- logging over 20 minutes in each of his last four appearances -- but he has responded with three double-digit scoring performances over that span. He is not going to crack the starting unit barring an injury or a suspension, but he has been productive in recent games and will aim to extend this run of form Wednesday at home against the Grizzlies.
News: Kaminsky will draw another start Monday against Minnesota, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: As expected Kaminsky will remain in the starting lineup despite Aron Baynes (calf) returning to action Monday evening. It's unclear how long the former Badger will hang onto his starting role, as he'll likely return to the bench once Baynes gets back up to speed. Deandre Ayton is also nearing a return from his 25-game suspension, which is bad news for Kaminsky owners.
News: The Suns have confirmed that Baynes (calf) will play 'some' minutes during Monday's game against the Timberwolves, Gerald Bourguet of FanSided NBA reports.
Impact: Baynes has missed nine of the last 10 games while dealing with a calf injury, so the Suns will play it smart here by easing him back into action. This likely means Frank Kaminsky will draw another start at center Monday night, with Baynes set to see limited minutes off the bench. It's unclear as to what his minutes limit will be set at.
News: Bridges (finger) has been cleared to play Monday against Minnesota.
Impact: Bridges was added to the injury report due to a sprained finger, but the issue won't keep him out of this one. He's logged 20-plus minutes in each of his last four contests off the bench, averaging 13 points and 3.8 boards over that stretch.
News: Saric (back) has been cleared to play Monday against the Timberwolves.
Impact: Saric was added to the injury report Sunday night due to back soreness, but he's been given the green light to take the court Monday evening. He's averaging 11.4 points, eight rebounds and 2.4 assists over his last five games.
News: Baynes (calf) is expected to play Monday against the Timberwolves, but he'll likely have a minutes limit, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: A calf strain has mostly kept Baynes out of the lineup over the last several weeks, as he's appeared in just one of the team's last 10 games. All indications are that Baynes will make his return Monday, but coach Monty Williams implied that the big man will face an unspecified minutes restriction. With Deandre Ayton suspended for one more week, Baynes still has some appeal in season-long leagues -- assuming he's healthy -- but he's a fairly risky starter in weekly lineup leagues given the minutes restriction, coupled with the fact that Phoenix plays a three-game week.
News: Bridges is considered probable for Monday's game against Minnesota due to a sprained finger, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Bridges apparently picked up the injury during Saturday's game against Houston, and while it could hamper him in the short-term, it doesn't look as though he'll miss any time. Bridges scored in double-figures Friday for the fifth consecutive game, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.
News: Saric is considered probable for Monday's game against the Timberwolves due to a sore lower back, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Saric was not included on the initial injury report, but his availability doesn't appear to be in too much jeopardy.
News: Coach Monty Williams said Baynes (calf) is in "a good place" to play Monday versus the Timberwolves, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Baynes suffered the left calf strain in his return from a five-game absence Nov. 29 and has missed the last four games, but he may be able to retake the court Monday. The veteran big man has been sidelined nine of last 10 games between the hip and calf injuries, so he could be eased into action if able to play against Minnesota, per Gina Mizell of The Athletic.
News: Oubre Jr. had 19 points (7-18 FG, 1-6 3PT, 4-7 FT), five rebounds and one block in 41 minutes during Saturday's 115-109 loss at Houston.
Impact: Oubre Jr. has been a model of consistency for the Suns, scoring in double digits in 11 of his last 12 games, and in all but two games this season. He is a secondary scoring option on the offensive scheme behind Devin Booker, but he is doing enough to remain fantasy relevant since he is scoring a career-high 17.2 points per game.
News: Rubio had 10 points (5-16 FG, 0-4 3PT, 0-1 FT), 13 assists, six rebounds and one block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 115-109 loss at Houston.
Impact: Rubio has been on fire as a distributor of late, registering at least nine in each of his last five outings but dishing out 13 or more in three of his last four. He will try to continue pulling the strings of Phoenix's offense Monday at home against his former team, the Timberwolves.
News: Booker had 35 points (11-19 FG, 2-4 3PT, 11-16 FT), five assists, four rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes during Saturday's 115-109 loss at Houston.
Impact: Booker has now scored 44 and 35 points after he topped the 25-point mark just once in his previous five outings. He continues to be one of the most prolific scorers in the league, as he is making 51.2 percent of his shots, 91.4 percent of his free throws, and 41.5 percent of his three-point attempts. All three marks would be career highs for the five-year pro.
News: Saric had 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-8 3PT), 12 rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes during Saturday's 115-109 loss at Houston.
Impact: Saric has either had double-doubles or 10-plus points performances in five of his last seven games, as the absence of Aron Baynes has allowed him to carve a bigger role offensively. He will aim to continue this solid run of play Monday against Minnesota.
News: Baynes (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Houston, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Baynes will miss a fourth straight game due to a left calf strain. Look for Frank Kaminsky to continue to start in Baynes' absence.
News: Jerome (ankle) is considered probable for Saturday's game at Houston, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jerome was sidelined the first 18 games of the season due to the ankle injury but returned to action the past three contests. The rookie first-round pick is averaging 3.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals in 13.3 minutes and figures to see a similar workload Saturday.
News: Baynes (calf) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Rockets, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A strained left calf will likely prevent Baynes from playing in a fourth straight game. Assuming that's the case, his next opportunity to take the floor would arrive Monday against the Timberwolves.
News: Johnson registered 18 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 139-132 overtime win against the Pelicans.
Impact: Johnson splashed in four threes for the third time in the last nine games and also matched career highs in scoring and rebounding. After combining for just six points across 24 minutes in recent games versus the Mavericks and Hornets, Johnson has since combined for 30 points in 56 minutes during the last two bouts.
News: Oubre offered 14 points (6-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 15 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and one assist in 47 minutes during Thursday's 139-132 overtime win against the Pelicans.
Impact: Oubre finished with career highs in rebounding, blocks and minutes, as he stuffed the stat sheet across every category. Though it was an inefficient offensive performance, Oubre has logged a double-double in three of the last seven showings after posting zero through his first 14 appearances this season.
News: Booker blew up for 44 points (13-24 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 13-13 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals in 42 minutes during Thursday's 139-132 overtime win versus the Pelicans.
Impact: Booker was absolutely superb, finishing with season highs in scoring and minutes while falling one dime and two boards shy of a triple-double. It's the second time this season that Booker has posted at least 40 points, and it's the fifth time he has handed out at least nine dimes. Finally competing for a playoff spot in this his fifth season, Booker and company will look to build on this effort during Saturday's matchup versus the Rockets.
News: Rubio recorded 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt), 15 assists, six rebounds, four steals and one block in 42 minutes during Thursday's 139-132 overtime win against the Pelicans.
Impact: Rubio compiled season highs in assists and minutes while logging his seventh double-double through 16 appearances. Having totaled a career-best 25 double-doubles across 75 appearances in 2016-17, it's possible Rubio will surpass that here in 2019-20, as he's off to a strong start on a sizzling offensive squad. Moreover, this is also the third time he has swiped four steals this season, and the second time in the last three games.
News: Coach Monty Williams said Baynes (calf) will not play Thursday against the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Baynes will sit for a third consecutive contest as he continues to work his way back from a strained left calf. In his place, Frank Kaminsky should pick up another start at center, while Cheick Diallo should also benefit from increased run.
News: Baynes (calf) is listed as doubtful Thursday against the Pelicans, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes is on track to miss a third straight game as he continues to nurse a left calf strain. Assuming he's unable to go, Frank Kaminsky should draw another start in his place, while Cheick Diallo should also benefit from increased run.
News: Diallo had 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 128-114 loss at Orlando.
Impact: Diallo delivered another strong scoring output, as he topped the 15-point mark for the third time in his last four games. Diallo has seen a notable rise on his playing time due to the lack of depth on the frontcourt and while this shouldn't be sustainable on a long-term scenario, he should remain a strong play off the bench over the next few games.
News: Booker had 17 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3PT, 1-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 loss at Orlando.
Impact: Booker has established himself as one of the league's premier scoring threats and a couple of poor performances are not going to change that, but the shooting struggles are palpable. He is hitting just 43.8 percent of his shots, including an abysmal 29.0 percent from three-point range, over his last five appearances. He will aim to bounce back Thursday at New Orleans.
News: Kaminsky had 23 points (10-12 FG, 3-4 3PT, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 128-114 loss at Orlando.
Impact: Kaminsky has started seven of Phoenix's last eight games, and he is averaging 11.1 points with a 35.5 shooting percentage from three-point range over that span. He is starting due to the absences of both DeAndre Ayton and Aron Baynes, meaning his short-team upside should remain high as long as he stays on the starting five.
News: Rubio (hand) is starting at point guard Wednesday against the Magic.
Impact: As expected, Rubio won't be forced to miss any time due to a left hand injury he picked up Monday against the Hornets. In three games since returning from a back injury, Rubio is averaging 16.0 points, 8.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per contest.
News: Diallo (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
Impact: As expected, Diallo is available Wednesday after missing the team's previous game due to an undisclosed illness. He should be in line for steady run in his first game back with Aron Baynes (calf) unavailable. Diallo has seen double-digit minutes in five games this season and is averaging 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 20.2 minutes in those contests.
News: Coach Monty Williams said after the Suns' morning shootaround that Rubio (hand) is on track to play Wednesday against the Magic, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Initially listed as questionable for the contest, Rubio will be bumped up to probable on the Suns' first injury report Wednesday. A back issue had recently sidelined Rubio for a three-game spell, but he's returned to action in effective fashion over the Suns' past three contests, averaging 16.0 points, 8.7 assists, 1.7 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.0 rebound in 31.3 minutes over that stretch.
News: Diallo (illness) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Magic, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Diallo didn't travel for Monday's game in Charlotte due to the illness, but he'll be with the team in Orlando on Wednesday and is expected to play. The 23-year-old is averaging 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 9.5 minutes this season, but he could be more involved Wednesday with Aron Baynes (calf) sidelined.
News: Baynes (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Magic, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: The Suns have been considering Baynes "day-to-day," but it's not surprising to see that he won't play Wednesday after failing to do much during Tuesday's practice. His next opportunity to return will come Thursday in New Orleans.
News: Rubio is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic due to a left hand injury, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: The details surrounding Rubio's hand issue are scarce to this point, but he seemingly picked up the injury during Monday's matchup in Charlotte. Ty Jerome and Elie Okobo would be in line for extended minutes if Rubio can't go.
News: Diallo (illness) will join the team in Orlando for Wednesday's game, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Diallo didn't play Monday against the Hornets and didn't even travel with the team due to the illness. The 23-year-old has yet to be officially cleared but appears to have a chance to retake the court Wednesday.
News: Baynes (calf) "didn't do much at all" during Tuesday's practice and is considered day-to-day, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Baynes failed to play Monday night against Charlotte due to a calf injury, and he'll likely be a game-time call for Wednesday's game in Orlando. Frank Kaminsky would be in line to draw another start at center if Baynes is unable to go.
News: Okobo (coach's decision) didn't see the court Monday in the Suns' 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Before logging only six minutes in the Suns' previous game Nov. 29 against the Mavericks, Okobo played no fewer than 18 minutes in five consecutive contests. With both Ricky Rubio and Ty Jerome now healthy again, however, Okobo found himself outside the rotation entirely Monday. Look for this to become the status quo for Okobo, though the second-year point guard may have a better chance at resurfacing as a rotation option if the Suns decide to deploy Jerome in more of an off-ball role rather than as Rubio's direct backup.
News: Johnson (coach's decision) didn't see the court in Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Johnson had logged double-digit minutes in all 18 games this season prior to Monday, but he was squeezed out of coach Monty Williams' rotation entirely in favor of rookie Ty Jerome (ankle), who performed admirably in his NBA debut. Given that the Suns have more of a long-term investment in Jerome, a first-round pick, it wouldn't be surprising if Johnson has more DNP-CDs in his future.
News: Carter scored six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3Pt) in 10 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Carter saw the lowest minute total among the nine Suns who saw the floor in this one. With that being said, Elie Okobo and Tyler Johnson were healthy scratches, so at least Carter maintained a modest reserve role. Rookie guard Ty Jerome (ankle) made his debut and could compete with Carter for minutes going forward, but as seen in this one Jerome is also capable of sliding over to shooting guard.
News: Johnson had four points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Johnson was able to give it a go despite dealing with an illness. However, he wasn't much of a factor. Apart from his production and efficiency in the three-point shooting department, the rookie wing simply isn't that useful outside of deeper leagues.
News: Jerome managed four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 12 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Jerome was superb in his NBA debut, as he had been sidelined since the preseason with a sprained ankle. Meanwhile, Elie Okobo and Tyler Johnson were both healthy scratches. It remains to be seen whether Jerome will regularly earn double-digit minutes as a rookie, but if he's this steady when called upon (zero turnovers), it's entirely possible he'll be a key cog off the bench going forward.
News: Bridges contributed 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Bridges has logged at least 30 minutes in two of his last six appearances, this after seeing no more than 26 minutes in his first 13 appearances of 2019-20. Moreover, he finished with a season high in rebounding while being the only Suns reserve to see more than 12 minutes of action.
News: Kaminsky supplied 12 points (5-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-5 FT), six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 33 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Kaminsky finished with a season high in blocks while filling up the stat sheet across multiple categories against his former team. He drew the start with Aron Baynes (calf) and Deandre Ayton (suspension) out, though the fact that Baynes had been listed as probable for this one as recently as Sunday might hint at a possible return for Wednesday's matchup versus the Magic. Orlando is significantly better than Charlotte on the defensive end, but Kaminsky could be a quality option for daily leagues if Baynes remains sidelined once again.
News: Rubio recorded nine points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 13 assists, four steals, one rebound and one block in 36 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Impact: Rubio pitched in across every category except threes while amassing a season high in assists and matching season highs in steals and minutes. Though his field goal percentage through 14 appearances in 2019-20 leaves a lot to be desired as per usual, Rubio has been an extremely valuable, versatile and well-rounded contributor for a Suns team that's exceeding expectations.
News: Jerome (ankle) will be available to make his season debut Monday night against the Hornets, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: The rookie out of Virginia has been sidelined since the preseason with a sprained ankle, but he'll be available off the bench for the first time in his career. Jerome, who spent time rehabbing in the G League, is unlikely to make much of an impact in the short term, and it's quite possible he'll be outside the regular rotation for coach Monty Williams.
News: Johnson (illness) has been cleared to play Monday against Charlotte, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Johnson was listed as questionable leading up to tipoff, but the team has since given him the green light. He's averaging 9.7 points and 2.9 rebounds over his last seven contests off the bench.
News: Bridges (quadriceps) has been cleared to play Monday against Charlotte, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Bridges has been battling a bruised quad, but he's received the green light to take the court Monday. He's averaging 8.1 points and three rebounds over his last seven matchups.
News: Baynes (calf) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hornets, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Baynes returned to the lineup Friday following a five-game absence due to a hip injury, playing 25 minutes and finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds. However, the big man picked up a calf strain in the process and will miss at least one game as a result. In his absence, Frank Kaminsky should start and benefit from an uptick in minutes.
News: Kaminsky will start Monday's game against Charlotte, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Kaminsky came off the bench Friday against the Mavs after Aron Baynes (calf) returned to action, but with Baynes ruled out for Monday's clash, Kaminsky slots right back into a starting role. He's averaging 9.4 points, four rebounds and 1.8 assists over five starts this season.
News: Baynes (calf) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Charlotte.
Impact: While there's a chance Baynes is in the lineup for a second straight game, he was initially listed as probable, so it looks like he's still bothered by a strained left calf. Baynes had previously missed five games with a separate injury, but he returned to the lineup Friday against Dallas, playing 25 minutes and finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds.
News: Jerome (ankle) is listed as probable for Monday's game against Charlotte, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: After battling a severe ankle sprain throughout the year, Jerome appears likely to make his season debut against the Hornets. It's unclear what role he'll serve, but it would be expected that the Suns would like to get their rookie as much work as is feasible to help him adjust to the professional game.
News: Johnson is battling an illness and is questionable for Monday's game versus the Hornets, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johnson played only 13 minutes Friday against Dallas -- his lowest minutes total since Nov. 4 -- but it's unclear when he started dealing with the illness. The 23-year-old is averaging 8.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes through 16 games.
News: Bridges has a bruised quadriceps and is questionable for Monday's game at Charlotte, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bridges had 11 points and one rebound in 16 minutes Friday against the Mavericks, but it's unclear when he actually sustained the injury. The second-year forward has yet to miss a game in his short career.
News: Baynes has a calf strain and is probable for Monday's game against the Hornets, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes returned from a five-game absence due to a bruised hip Friday and played 25 minutes, but he apparently sustained the calf strain at some point. The injury doesn't appear serious since the 32-year-old is still expected to play, but it's worth keeping an eye on his status since he was recently sidelined.
News: Diallo has been ruled out for Monday's game at Charlotte due to an illness, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Diallo was limited to four minutes in Friday's game versus Dallas, but it's unclear how long he's been battling the illness. The 23-year-old's next chance to take the court will be Wednesday against the Magic.
News: Jerome (ankle) was recalled by the Suns on Saturday.
Impact: Jerome returned from a right ankle sprain to play 18 minutes in a G League contest earlier in the day. The injury has so far prevented the rookie from making his NBA debut.
News: Booker had 18 points (6-16 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-5 FT), eight assists, five boards and one steal in 38 minutes during Friday's 120-113 defeat against the Mavericks.
Impact: Booker has improved as a passer of late, registering at least seven assists in five of his last six games. This can be related with the fact Ricky Rubio has missed four of Phoenix's last seven contests but even in this scenario, Booker continues to score with ease. He should remain as Phoenix's clear go-to guy on offense while taking a bit more of playmaking responsibility ahead of Monday's road matchup at Charlotte.
News: Oubre had 22 points (8-17 FG, 4-8 3PT, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 41 minutes during Friday's 120-113 defeat against the Mavericks.
Impact: Oubre registered his second double-double in Phoenix's last four games, while extending his run of double-digit scoring performances to eight games. He has settled as one of Phoenix's biggest offensive threats on a nightly basis, and will aim to remain on that role Monday at Charlotte.
News: Rubio (back) had 21 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3PT, 5-7 FT), nine assists and one rebound in 33 minutes during Friday's 120-113 defeat against the Mavericks.
Impact: Rubio has been dealing with injuries of late and while he has played back-to-back contests, he has missed four of Phoenix's last seven games while topping the 30-minute plateau just once. He didn't show signs of any injury in this game, however, and that should be a positive sign ahead of Monday's road matchup at Charlotte.
News: Kaminsky will come off the bench Friday against the Mavericks, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: With Aron Baynes (hip) returning to the starting five, Kaminsky will resume his usual role off the bench. In 12 games off the pine, Kaminsky has averaged 10.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 24.0 minutes.
News: Baynes (hip) will start Friday's game against the Mavericks and play roughly 20 minutes, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Baynes has been out the past five games due to a bruised hip, but he'll be back in action Friday. Since he began starting, he's averaged 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 25.3 minutes.
News: Jerome (ankle) won't play Friday against the Mavericks, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jerome has missed the entire season up until this point with a right ankle sprain, but he played 12 minutes in the G League on Tuesday, which signals that he could be nearing a return. He'll miss at least one more game, and he isn't guaranteed to be a contributor for the Suns even when he's healthy. The 22-year-old's next chance to make his season debut will come Monday against Charlotte.
News: Rubio (back) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rubio played Wednesday after missing three straight games with back spasms, but he resurfaced on the injury report ahead of Friday's game. He'll likely play, although he could face some restrictions if the injury continues to bother him.
News: Baynes (hip) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes has missed the past five games with a right hip bruise, although it seems likely that he could return Friday against Dallas. Over 12 games this season, the 32-year-old has averaged 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
News: Saric had 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 loss against the Wizards.
Impact: Saric has averaged 19.0 points per game in the last four contests where he has surpassed the 30 minutes of playing time, but those eight games have come in Phoenix's last 12 games. Saric should remain productive as long as he remains in the starting lineup, but a permanent rise on his minutes should boost his value going forward.
News: Rubio had 18 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-6 FT), four assists and one rebound in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 loss against the Wizards.
Impact: Rubio was coming off a three-game absence but looked completely healthy, meaning he should remain as Phoenix's starting point guard going forward. He should resume his usual workload of nearly 30 minutes per game ahead of Friday's matchup against the Mavericks.
News: Booker had 27 points (10-20 FG, 2-6 3PT, 5-5 FT), eight assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 140-132 loss against the Wizards.
Impact: Booker was just two assists shy of a double-double, but also produced his eighth game with more than 25 points in the current season. One of the most consistent scorers in the league, Booker should remain as Phoenix's go-to guy on offense for the foreseeable future.
News: Diallo had 17 points (7-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 140-132 loss against the Wizards.
Impact: Diallo has seen a considerable spike in his playing time of late, reaching double-digit minutes in each of his last five outings and playing over 20 in the last two. He has also scored over 15 points in his last two games so his value will continue trending in the right direction as long as he keeps seeing decent minutes off the bench.
News: Johnson (knee) is available for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Johnson was considered probable as he'll continue to play through the knee soreness. The 23-year-old is averaging 8.8 points and 2.7 rebounds over 18.6 minutes this season.
News: The Suns list Jerome (ankle) as out for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
Impact: Sidelined all season with a right ankle sprain, Jerome appears healthy again after he made a 12-minute appearance for the G League's Northern Arizona Suns. Though Phoenix recalled him from the G League ahead of Wednesday's game, the Suns will understandably err on the side of caution and withhold Jerome from action rather than having him play for the second day in a row. Jerome will presumably turn his focus to Friday's game against the Mavericks for his NBA debut.
News: Rubio (back) confirmed that he will play Wednesday against the Wizards.
Impact: As expected, Rubio will make his return from back spasms following a three-game absence. He'll presumably re-join the starting five, pushing Tyler Johnson back to the bench.
News: The Suns recalled Jerome from the G League's Northern Arizona Suns on Wednesday.
Impact: After being sidelined since the preseason with a severe ankle sprain, Jerome was cleared to play Tuesday in Northern Arizona's 132-107 loss to the Iowa Wolves. The rookie first-round pick played 12 minutes in his G League debut, finishing with nine points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal. Jerome could be an option for the NBA team in its game Wednesday against the Wizards, though it wouldn't be surprising if the Suns erred on the side of caution and withheld the rookie from action for a second straight day. Even though he's now healthy, the 22-year-old isn't a lock to be a consistent rotation option for Phoenix at any point this season.
News: Johnson (knee) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game agaisnt the Wizards, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Johnson has played through knee soreness over the last couple games and appears likely to do so again Wednesday. The 23-year-old has struggled in those two contests with only nine points (3-15 FG, 3-10 3PT), three rebounds and one assist.
News: Rubio (back) is considered probable and plans to play Wednesday versus the Wizards, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rubio has sat out the last three games due to back spasms, but it appears he'll be able to rejoin the lineup Wednesday. Tyler Johnson likely would receive another start should Rubio suffer a setback and be unable to play.
News: Baynes (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes was considered unlikely to play Wednesday, so it's no real surprise to see him ruled out. The 32-year-old participated in some shooting drills during practice Tuesday, but he'll still miss his fifth straight contest due to the right hip bruise.
News: Baynes (hip) participated in some shooting drills during Tuesday's practice, but the team isn't optimistic about his chances of returning Wednesday against Washington, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes is still on the mend from a right hip bruise, and while it's good to see him start to ramp up his activity, he doesn't appear ready to return to game action. He hasn't officially been ruled out yet, but he should be considered doubtful until further notice.
News: Rubio (back) took the floor for practice Tuesday and intends to play Wednesday against Washington, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rubio has missed three consecutive contests due to back spasms, but he's looking to make his return to game action Wednesday after making it through Tuesday's practice without issue. The team will likely wait to see how he feels during morning shootaround before providing another update, however.
News: Jerome (ankle) was assigned to the Suns' G-League affiliate Monday, Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Impact: Jerome will head to Northern Arizona to continue his recovery from an ankle injury that's prevented him from seeing action this season. The assignment indicates a major step forward for Jerome, who'll finally be able to get his first professional reps. He'll likely stay in Northern Arizona until he's up to speed at which point he'll rejoin Phoenix in order to provide backcourt depth. He can be considered questionable for Tuesday's G-League matchup with the Iowa Wolves.
News: Oubre had 10 points (4-12 FG, 0-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Sunday's 116-104 loss at Denver.
Impact: Oubre ended his impressive scoring run -- he was averaging 23.0 points per game in his last five games prior to this one -- with a poor effort Sunday, as this was his second-worst scoring output of the campaign. But he has been one of Phoenix's most consistent players this season, and he will aim to bounce back Wednesday at home against the Wizards.
News: Booker had 12 points (5-13 FG, 1-7 3PT, 1-1 FT), five assists, one rebound and five turnovers in 33 minutes during Sunday's 116-104 loss at Denver.
Impact: Considering Booker was shooting a robust 52.5 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point range -- both of which are career-best rates, by far -- he can be forgiven for the off shooting night. The Suns wrapped up a stretch of five games in seven days, so Booker may have understandably been weary about carrying the offensive load, especially while Ricky Rubio (back), Deandre Ayton (suspension) and Aron Baynes (hip) were all missing from the contest. Booker and the Suns will get some well-deserved rest before returning to action Wednesday versus the Wizards.
News: Okobo had 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 3PT, 1-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 116-104 loss at Denver.
Impact: Okobo has seen a considerable rise on his minutes over the past few days, topping 20 in each of his last three games. He's cleared the 10-point mark twice over that span, but he won't have much upside going forward unless he can find a way to keep finding steady playing time once Ricky Rubio (back) returns to action.
News: Saric posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt), 17 rebounds, two assists and one block across 33 minutes in Sunday's 116-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: After struggling in his previous four games, Saric had one of his best performances of the season, with the career-high rebounding total standing out in particular. While the outing might open some eyes, fantasy managers thinking of scooping Saric up off waivers should brace themselves for some inconsistency. The 25-year-old has been held to five or fewer points on four occasions already this season and is shooting a meager 42.1 percent from the field through 16 games.
News: Diallo posted 22 points (10-12 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 36 minutes in Sunday's 116-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Diallo had entered the Phoenix rotation over the past few games while both Aron Baynes (hip) and DeAndre Ayton (suspension), but it wasn't until Sunday that coach Monty Williams fully turned him loose. The fourth-year big man saw by far his most playing time of the season and outplayed starting center Frank Kaminsky (seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes). Ayton will be out until at least Dec. 17 and Baynes appears likely to miss additional time as well, so Diallo could make for a decent speculative pickup in the event Williams elects to downsize Kaminsky's role.
News: Baynes (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes is set to miss his fourth straight contest due to the right hip injury. Frank Kaminsky lines up to receive another start for the Suns.
News: Rubio (back) was ruled out for Sunday's game at Denver, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Rubio continues to battle back spasms and will miss his third straight game. Tyler Johnson figures to receive another start in his absence.
News: Oubre scored 25 points (7-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, four steals and an assist in 38 minutes during Saturday's 100-98 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: The Suns were basically a two-man show, as Oubre and Devin Booker combined for 60 points while none of their teammates even reached double digits, but that was enough to steal a road win. The double-double was Oubre's first of the year, but he's been on a roll since last week, scoring 20 or more points four times in the last five games while averaging 23.0 points, 7.6 boards, 2.4 steals, 2.2 assists and 1.8 threes over that stretch.
News: Booker scored a game-high 35 points (12-26 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 11-11 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, nine assists and a block in 38 minutes during Saturday's 100-98 win over the Timberwolves.
Impact: The Suns were basically a two-man show, as Booker and Kelly Oubre combined for 60 points while none of their teammates even reached double digits, but that was enough to steal a road win. The double-double was Booker's second of the year, as he fell just short of his first career triple-double, while the 23-year-old scored at least 20 points for the 13th time in 15 games.
News: Kaminsky (hip) will play and start Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kaminsky will draw his third straight start while Aron Baynes (hip) remains sidelined. In his two prior starts, Kaminsky has averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 23.5 minutes.
News: Rubio (back) will be held out of Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Rubio will miss a second straight game due to the lingering effects of back spasms. Tyler Johnson will presumably continue to start until Rubio is able to return.
News: Ayton (suspension) was spotted taking part in 3-on-3 drills after Friday's practice and appeared to be hitting his jumper with consistency, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: At this stage, Ayton seems unlikely to have his 25-game suspension reduced, so he'll turn his efforts toward maintaining conditioning so that he can step back into a major role once he's eligible to play again Dec. 17 versus the Clippers. Ayton made a concerted effort in the offseason to increase his shooting range, but fantasy managers probably shouldn't bank on him to make a major impact in the three-pointers category once he eventually returns.
News: Kaminsky is probable for Saturday's game against Minnesota due to a left hip contusion, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Kaminsky still hasn't quite gotten over a left hip injury, but it's not expected to prevent him from taking the court Saturday. With Aron Baynes (hip) out again, he will be in line to start at center if cleared to play.
News: Jerome (ankle) took part in 3-on-3 scrimmage work after Friday's practice, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Updates on the rookie first-round pick's condition have been scarce since he suffered what was apparently a severe right ankle sprain late in the preseason, but Jerome seems to be progressing at least. Jerome is probably at least a couple weeks away from playing in games and isn't expected to be a major factor in the Suns' backcourt rotation this season.
News: Johnson is probable for Saturday's game against Minnesota due to a knee injury, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Johnson has been dealing with some lingering knee soreness since Wednesday, but it doesn't appear as though he'll be forced to miss Saturday's matchup. His status should become more clear following morning shootaround.
News: Baynes (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Minnesota, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Baynes will miss his third straight game due to a hip injury. Frank Kaminsky should be in line to draw another start at center as a result.
News: Rubio (back) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Minnesota, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Rubio appears to be in danger of missing his second straight contest due to back spasms. Tyler Johnson drew the start in his place Thursday night against the Pelicans and could do so again Saturday, assuming Rubio is ultimately ruled out.
News: Johnson produced six points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes during Thursday's 124-121 loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Johnson moved into the starting lineup Thursday replacing the injured Ricky Rubio (back) who was ruled out prior to tip-off. Johnson was able to contribute across the board, albeit on little volume. He has found himself in situations such as this before and typically struggles to put up any real value. If Rubio is forced to miss additional time, Johnson could be worth a stream if you need assists and steals but there is no reason to be dropping anyone of note.
News: Saric had five points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Thursday's 124-121 loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Saric continues to battle an ongoing knee concern and perhaps that was a factor in Thursday's 16 minutes effort. He has been serviceable at best this season, barely putting up top-150 numbers. His role is a little more assured than it was last season but there is not a lot of upside and he is more of a 14-team player at this stage.
News: Kaminsky ended with 14 points (5-12 Fg, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes during Thursday's 124-121 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Kaminsky worked through a hip issue to finish with 14 points in 24 minutes Thursday. It was not the best night for Kaminsky, who is at least seeing decent playing time this season. His minutes have been bolstered by the fact others are injured, although despite that he is still only the 250th-ranked player. He could be considered for streaming purposes but that would be about it in standard leagues.
News: Oubre tallied 25 points (7-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes during Thursday's 124-121 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Oubre put together a nice performance Thursday despite failing to record any defensive numbers. He was coming off a 20 point effort in his last game and appears to be getting his rhythm back. He is sitting right around the top-60 for the season, bang on where he was being drafted in a lot of leagues. There is not a lot of wiggle room for Oubre and the top-50 would seem his likely ceiling.
News: Johnson (knee) has been cleared to play Thursday against New Orleans, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Johnson was probable due to knee soreness, and the team has officially cleared him prior to tip. He's averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds over 11 games off the bench this year.